How to Enable and Use AssistiveTouch on iPhone and iPad

AssistiveTouch is an Accessibility option. This feature allows you a one tap access to “canned” shortcuts. You no longer have to swipe through pages or visit your first or last page for certain options.

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AssistiveTouch is an Accessibility option. This feature allows you a one tap access to “canned” shortcuts. You no longer have to swipe through pages or visit your first or last page for certain options. Let’s explore how to enable and use this feature.

This is for the iPhone and iPad

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To use AssistiveTouch you need to enable the feature. First, launch Settings. Refer to below image:

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Accessing Settings

In Settings, locate and tap Accessibility. See below image:

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Accessing Accessibility option

Now, in Accessibility, tap Touch. See following image:

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Accessing Touch option

In Touch settings, tap AssistiveTouch. Refer to below image where the option is already turned On:

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Accessing AssistiveTouch option

In AssistiveTouch, tap the toggle to turn it On. See below image:

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Enabling AssistiveTouch option

When you flip the toggle beside AssistiveTouch, a special button (that resembles a rounded gray rectangle with a white circle in the middle) will appear near the edge of the screen. (This button does not appear in a screenshot). It will be translucent until pressed. You can drag it around the edge of the screen with your finger to reposition it. Next, exit Settings.

Now, locate and tap the button to preview the main AssistiveTouch screen. From here, lets tap the Device button. See following image:

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Accessing Device button

To access other shortcuts, tap the 3-dot menu button. Refer to below image:

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First set of shortcuts under the Device option

Now, you will see the last screen under the Device button. See below image:

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Second set of shortcuts under the Device option

Next, just tap an empty space in the shortcuts screen to go back, or tap the Back Arrow in the center until the AssistiveTouch screen disappears.

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